- Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’: Dylan’s last fully acoustic album of the 60s captured the tumult of an era.
- Judy Collins, Fifth Album: Grace, beauty, and enduring songs.
- Tom Rush, The Circle Game: A deep, resonant voice matches the depth of emotion on this collection.
- Phil Ochs, Pleasures of the Harbor: Ochs tackled politics with exquisite, simple music.
- Aztec Two Step, Aztec Two Step: The duo surpasses Simon & Garfunkel for exquisite harmonies, musicianship, and emotion.
- Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, When I Go: Brilliant and masterful, influenced by everyone from Buddhists to cowboys.
- Lowen & Navarro, Live Radio: Provocative and spellbinding songs of self-discovery.
- Crooked Still, Hop High: Conservatory-trained musicians let loose on traditional bluegrass.
- Sloan Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright: Her expansive, resonant voice merges with rich folk-rock arrangements.
- Eliza Gilkyson, Paradise Hotel: Biting and poignant songs on the human condition.
Picks by: Anne Saunders, the artistic director of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, in Hillsdale, New York.